2016 Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Conference

8:15 – 8:45:       Registration and Refreshments

8:45 – 8:55:       Opening remarks

  • Alex Majchrowicz, Director, RIDGE Program, ERS
  • Jay Variyam, Director, Food Economics Division, ERS

Morning session

8:55 – 9:00:       Comments from the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies at the Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University

  • Lionel J. “Bo” Beaulieu, Director

9:00 - 9:30:        Community Eligibility and Child Well-Being

  • Colleen Heflin, University of Missouri
  • Daniel P. Miller, Boston University

9:30 – 10:00:     Identifying Multiple Patterns of Characteristics that Result in U.S. Urban and Rural Households Having Very Low Food Security Using Classification Trees

  • Edward A. Frongillo, University of South Carolina
  • Maryah S. Fram, University of South Carolina
  • Seul Ki Choi, University of South Carolina

10:00 – 10:15:   Session break

10:15 – 10:20:   Comments from the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Research at the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin—Madison

  • Judi Bartfeld, Director

10:20 – 10:50:   Design Flaws: The Effect of the Coverage Gap in Food Assistance Programs on Children’s Well-Being

  • Irma Arteaga, University of Missouri
  • Colleen Heflin, University of Missouri

10:50 – 11:20:   The Impact of Expanding the National School Meals Program on School Performance

  • Joseph Price, Brigham Young University
  • Daniel Rees, University of Colorado—Denver

11:20 – 11:50:   The Impacts of School Lunch Reforms on Student Outcomes

  • Diane Schanzenbach, Northwestern University

11:50 – 1:15:    Lunch on your own

Afternoon session

1:15 – 1:45:     The Effects of SNAP on Non-Food Consumption: An Instrumental Variables Approach

  • Lorenzo Almada, Columbia University

1:45 – 2:15:     Spatially Heterogeneous Effects of SNAP Participation and Food Insecurity on Hispanic Children’s Physical and Mental Health

  • Shannon Monnat, Pennsylvania State University
  • Jennifer Van Hook, Pennsylvania State University
  • Reaven Faye Chandler, Pennsylvania State University
  • Leif Jensen, Pennsylvania State University

2:15 – 2:45:     Rural and Urban Comparisons of SNAP Participation, Neighborhood Effects, and Food Outlet Availability on Childhood and Adult BMI Values and Time Spent Obese

  • Thomas Vartanian, Bryn Mawr College
  • Corrie Tice, Bryn Mawr College

2:45 – 3:00:     Session break

3:00 – 3:30:     Using Geo-ethnography to Understand How Place and Space Matter in Issues of Food Access

  • Lillian MacNell, North Carolina State University

3:30 - 4:00:      TBD

4:00 – 4:15:      Closing remarks and adjournment 

  • David Smallwood, Branch Chief, Food Assistance Branch, ERS